Brooklyn’s Fresh Daily Skipped CMJ This Year, Doesn’t Drink Before Shows


If you found this year’s CMJ didn’t seem quite as fresh as recent offerings, that might be due to the absence of Brooklyn hip-hop favorite Fresh Daily. Fortunately, New York’s going to be getting their post-hurricane Freshness preserved with Fresh Daily shows on three consecutive nights. November 1-3 will see a Brooklyn mini-tour (at Glasslands, Public Assembly and FreeCandy) featuring Daily as well as some of his favorite Brooklyn-based and out-of-town talents. We spoke to Daily to find out why, for three nights, it’ll be no sleep til’ Brooklyn.

What made you decide to do shows on three consecutive nights in Brooklyn?I’m one of the last natives, someone actually from Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn is changing super rapidly, and I want hip-hop heads who are here, new and old who want to see me have three chances to do so in different ways. I’m doing a lil’ something different at every show.

You’ve mentioned that a part of you doing these shows is because of your absense from CMJ. How come you weren’t a part of CMJ this year?
Two reasons: after spending two weeks in California working on a group project and then two more weeks in Europe on tour, I didn’t really have the time to get my CMJ shows set up. I also am working on a new album. In the mix and midst of all that work, I think CMJ took a backseat.

What are the benefits of doing three shows in Brooklyn in such rapid succession?I think personal adrenaline is one benefit, definitely. But, giving people a short burst of shows after CMJ that are dope, could be cool.

Recently, on Twitter, you described your current thoughts on your catalog of official releases. As someone who’s been fairly prolific, looking back, which of your collaborations do you feel strongest about today?
It’s odd. My debut album was an indie-rapper’s boom-bap dream come true, but my individual mixtapes that I released for free cemented my fanbase. They were all so different and varied from each other yet so cohesive in their signature Fresh Daily aesthetic. I’m really grateful for the producers and artists who contributed to them. One in particular is my friend, producer and engineer, Benamin. He might possibly be one of the youngest of my collaborators, but he’s the most dedicated to helping me develop a set sound and further myself along. A lot of doors opened for me due to his hard work and tenacity, and soon a lot of people will know about his work. I’m glad we’ve been working together for the last four years on really good music. As far as bigger collabs, working with Om’mas Keith was a dream come true.

What’s your usual ritual before a live show?
Deep breaths, room temperature water, immediate urination and mumbling my set to myself in the bathroom or somewhere quiet. No alcohol until I’ve finished performing. That’s my reward for a job well done. I gotta make sure I use the bathroom before sets, I have jitters [before] EVERY SHOW, so I pee them out. My raps are really word and syllable-intensive, so I have to make sure that I have enough breath and can remember them.

Would you consider doing three consecutive shows in any other city?
Absolutely. Tweet me, email me, call me. Let’s do it.